Thursday, Nov. 12th – Lincoln County
Summary: Mixed skies and a couple showers yesterday with seasonal temps.
Past 24 Hours High/Low/Rain…
Lincoln City: 57F/44F/0.07”
Depoe Bay: 59F/39F/0.01”
A Special Weather Statement has been issued by the National Weather Service for significant rainfall possible beginning tonight and continuing through Saturday over portions of Southwest Washington and Northwest Oregon. A mild and very wet front will stall over the area tonight through tomorrow night. The front will lift north and west Friday night with rains continuing but at weaker rain rates. The primary rain band will then shift south and east as a cold front across the rest of the area Saturday and Saturday night. Additionally, breezy winds will continue to strip leaves off trees which may result in clogged storm drains and culverts. This may lead to ponding of water on the roadways in addition to localized flooding. Rain amounts ending Sunday will total 3 to 4 inches for the Oregon Coast Range and 1.5 to 2.5 inches for the I-5 corridor and surrounding foothills. Heaviest amounts will be from the Portland Metro area northward.
The Cascades will start out with snow levels roughly 3,500 to 4,500 feet and receive a few inches of new snow accumulations at the passes and above. Snow levels will rapidly rise late tonight reaching 7,000 to 8,000 feet by sunrise. The cold front will cross Saturday night with snow levels crashing back below the passes by sunrise Sunday. Expect a few more inches of snow at and above pass level through Sunday.
Forecast: We’re in for another stretch of rain possibly lasting well into next week. The good news is that the drenching multiple-inch stuff will probably fall north of the Central Coast. Rain developing this afternoon, increasing tonight and will stay in the likely category tomorrow. Totals over the next 36 hours are projected to be about half an inch. Southerly winds 20-25 mph gusting 35-40 are expected to accompany this first round. Outlook is for heavy rain on Saturday, up to an inch, rain and wind remain likely through Tuesday, and then we’re down to a chance of rain on Wednesday. Highs 50-55F, lows 45-50F.
Travel: In the Coast Range, there’s dry pavement on the passes this morning with temperatures 35-40F; a chance of rain today and 50-55F. Valley destinations are expecting a chance of rain, breezy, the thermometer rising to 50-55F. The Columbia River Gorge forecast calls for rain developing, light west-southwest winds, a high of 55F. For the Cascades, look out for ice, slush and light snowpack on the highways, temps are 25-30F; a chance of rain and snow showers, the snow level is below the passes at 3,000 feet, carry chains or traction tires.
Marine: S winds are blowing 15-20 knots at Stonewall Bank this morning and seas have risen to 9 feet at 12 seconds. A Small Craft Advisory for hazardous seas is in effect through Saturday afternoon. A Small Craft Advisory for winds is in effect through tomorrow evening. For today, southerlies increasing to 20-25 knots gusting 30 with swells 10 feet at 12 seconds. Tonight and tomorrow, SW winds 20-25 knots gusting 30 and square seas 12 feet at 12 seconds building to rough 18 footers at 15 seconds by morning. Outlook is for SW winds 25-30 knots Saturday, NW winds 20-25 knots Sunday, and back to southerlies 25-30 knots on Monday; swells 13-16 feet through the period. Always check the latest Bar Reports before you venture offshore.
On the Beach… Mostly cloudy, chance of rain, windy, surf 6-10 feet (moderate).
* High surf conditions are possible tomorrow and Saturday.
* For a safe and enjoyable time on the Central Coast, the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department offers these Beach Safety Tips.
11/12 Thu 06:01 AM 2.89 L
11/12 Thu 12:05 PM 8.76 H
11/12 Thu 06:43 PM -0.43 L
11/13 Fri 01:20 AM 7.45 H
In Short: Mainly overcast, breezy, rain developing, then continued wet & windy.